The Biology of Joy: A Special Event with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

February 27, 2020
Bruce Lipton speaks at GW on The Biology of Joy

Dr. Bruce H. Lipton speaking about "The Biology of Joy" in GW's Jack Morton Auditorium (photo credit: Jessica Yurinko).

Many people are convinced your genes control who you are and what you do in life, or at least play a dominant role. According to keynote speaker Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, a stem cell biologist and epigenetics expert, genes do not control your biology. Rather your mind is the key to controlling your cells by changing your perception. You can change your life by reprogramming your thoughts.

A crowd of more than two hundred listened with rapt attention to Lipton’s presentation about the Biology of Joy: Becoming a Force for Good with Ease and Flow, on Dec. 4, 2019 in GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium. The event was hosted by the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL), and highlights the Center’s work elevating consciousness in the nation’s capital through its leadership and coaching programs that focus on whole-person development.

The cutting-edge author is an internationally recognized leader in bridging the gap between science and spirit. During his talk, Lipton guided the audience through a journey of self-discovery from the “chemistry of atoms to the chemistry of joy” to help them understand how they influence their own level of happiness.


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He explained that the body’s equivalent of a life “performance gauge” may be expressed as the range of emotions between joy, as a positive accomplishment, and misery, reflecting a negative achievement. Despite people being consciously driven to seek joy, the majority of the world’s population is having a difficult time in creating a joyful life filled with health and happiness. Quantum physics, the most tested and validated of all sciences, acknowledges that our consciousness, our mind, is responsible for creating our life experiences. So where is the problem?

He discussed how all of us subconsciously collect prenatal and perinatal experiences that provide programmed perceptions that shape our individual physiology and behavior. He reveals how epigenetics, the study of changes in gene expression rather than changing the genetic code itself, can be used to change your perceptions. This developmental programming, part biological and part psychological, plays a role in creating or undermining our wishes, desires and aspirations.

“We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with peace, happiness, and love,” said Lipton.

Lipton clearly believes knowledge is power and that we have the ability to take back creative control over our lives. A live tweet @GWCEPL during the event said it even better “Positive thinking has as much impact as negative thinking. Problem is that we program ourselves with negativity. But you can re-program yourself. Change your beliefs=change your biology=change your life.”

“Bruce Lipton’s presence at GW elevated our vision for the e-Co Leadership Coaching Program to a whole new level. We have all the power to change our lives and make a difference. Our coaching program will help our students develop that capacity through the practice of spaciousness, observation, deep listening and then engaging in some kind of iterative process that helps build new skills,” said Ina Gjikondi, PCC, MPS, MA, Program Founder & Director of the e-Co Leadership Coaching program.

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